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AUG 2014

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14 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE PGA PGA www.evanwilliamsbourbonexperience.com www.lou-e.org Valhalla 101 Here's everything you need to know about the course, which will host the PGA Championship Aug. 7-10. First tee time is Thursday, Aug. 7, at 7:30 a.m. Gates open at 7. Chris Hamburger, Valhalla's golf pro, recommends several viewing spots: the bleachers behind hole No. 1 ("Not shaded but lots of action," he says); the ridge above the bunkers along the right side of No. 7's fairway ("Not too sunny until the afternoon"); No. 10 ("The sun will be setting at your back in the afternoon and you can watch 'em just go after it with long drives"); and No. 17 ("It seats so many people, and it's late enough in the round that you're going to see some action"). How can you follow an in-fight golf ball, anyway? "It's hard to do," Hamburger says. "The best way is to be behind the golfer." There will be 350 port-a-potties. An estimated 8,500 cases of beer will be consumed. Nine miles of gallery rope. Eighty-fve gallons of green paint were used on the wooden bleachers erected throughout the course. Our favorite nicknames: Thor's Hammer (No. 8), Odin's Revenge (No. 12), The Island (No. 13), Two Tears (No. 14) and No Mercy (No. 17). "I think Michael Jordan has played the course once," Hamburger says. No. 18 is called Gahm Over. The Gahm (pronounced game) family, led by Dwight Gahm, wanted a golf course on its nearly 500 acres and recruited legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus to design it. Valhalla opened June 24, 1986, and the PGA took over ownership in 2000. "Dwight Gahm is 95 now and doesn't play a lot of golf," Valhalla GM Keith Reese says. No. 6 is called The Bear, which is one of Nicklaus' nicknames. Outside the clubhouse, look for the statue of Gahm and Nicklaus surveying the land.

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